Saturday, November 8, 2014

[Plumas] County supervisors respond to grand jury report

November 5, 2014
Plumas County News
By Debra Moore, Staff Writer

The Plumas Board of Supervisors responded to the grand jury report on time this year.
“I want to emphasize that,” Supervisor Lori Simpson said of the timeliness during a meeting in mid-October. “It was easier this year.”
“We just had to agree with them,” Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said.
It’s true: the supervisors agreed with every finding and recommendation in a response dated Oct. 14.
For example, the grand jury made six findings and six recommendations in the mental health department, and the supervisors concurred with each one.
Finding 1: “The Plumas County Grand Jury finds that the Plumas County Mental Health Department has insufficient personnel to effectively handle case load and public outreach.”
The Plumas County Board of Supervisors agreed with this finding.
That simple statement followed each of the six findings, as well as many of the recommendations. Periodically the supervisors elaborated, and the affected department heads also responded to the grand jury report.
The county jail has been the subject of the report for many years, with this year being no different.
The grand jury recommended that the supervisors “make it a priority to continue to explore and secure funding for a new state-of-the-art facility” to provide for increased safety for the community, staff and inmates.
The supervisors agreed with the recommendation, and noted during their discussion that the reference was for a jail.

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